To provide the first rung of the ladder leading to, perhaps, another crack at Liston, Edwin Ahlquist found for Floyd a fighter described by a cartoonist in the newspaper Aftonbladet as "the only one who could be found in Europe with eyelashes as long as Floyd's." Ranked among the top European heavyweights, Sante Amonti has been in the comeback business himself for four years, periodically announcing his retirement.
Before the fight the odds on Patterson ranged around 4 to 1. At a dignified weigh-in Floyd scaled 191� pounds, a pound heavier than Amonti, a shorter, stockier man. In the Johanneshov stadium the fight was a sellout; 11,700 paid prices ranging up to a small Swedish fortune of 120 kronor ($23.34) for each ringside seat. Of $120,000 in gate receipts, Floyd took about a 50% cut.
In the dressing room before the fight the ex-world champion brooded. "I was worried about giving the Swedish people a good show more than anything else," Patterson said later. "Winning was pretty important but giving a good show seemed even more important." He was also concerned about the fourth professional fight of his brother Ray, who was meeting a Swedish fighter called Lars Norling. Floyd arranged to have Ray fight after him so that he could settle his own problems first. ( Ray Patterson, as it turned out, lost on points in six rounds because a majority of the judges felt he landed too many blows with the inside of his gloves.)
"I am going in to win quickly if I can," remarked Floyd beforehand. "I don't intend to take any chances." In the second and fourth rounds he put Amonti down. In both cases Amonti took compulsory counts of eight, standing most of the time. In the last round, the eighth of a scheduled 10-round contest, Floyd again managed to knock Amonti down, but again the game Italian took the count standing. When Floyd then sent Amonti staggering like a cowboy in a western barroom brawl, the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
Although Amonti did not win a round, he did hit Patterson often. The Italian was also able to lean on Patterson and tie him up and, while Floyd himself was fast in spurts, he showed himself painfully open in his defense. He was not even a dull reflection of what he once was. The moves were missing and the parrying was substandard. He had Amonti going and then let him off the hook, and when the Italian stood in front of him he couldn't finish him properly.
When the fight was over, Floyd still seemed unsure of himself. "Amonti was such a fine sportsman I found it difficult to take advantage of some opportunities," he said. "But then I am a bit off distance and not as sharp as I should be. After only two rounds in two years, I was satisfied." Saying this, Patterson departed. He was taking Sante Amonti out to dinner.